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I never have ice on hand.  I had a couple of ice cube trays that are cheap and plasticky and I threw them away.  For parties I usually buy a bag of ice but I'd like to make my own.  Any good tips for keeping the ice fresh and stocked and not smelling like plastic?

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Here they sell plastic bags that are divided into sections but with some openings between them, and you fill them from a top "spout" then tie it off and throw it in the freezer.  It's perfect for our small freezers here.  they can curl up and yuou can stick them in the corners of a crowded freezer.  Then  when the ice is frozen you rip them apart and the ice pieces fall out. 

 

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I've heard that they exist in the states but aren't so easy to find. 

 

Here there is no way to buy ice in bags or any other way.  I even asked in fish stores that had their fish laying on piles of ice.  There is some central distributor somewhere out by the sea and that's it.  They apparently sell ice machines for some restaurant or bar use, but ice cubes are pretty rare here.  Nobody wants ice, they say it gives you a "colpo di freddo allo stomaco" - a cold punch in the stomach - and are sure that they're very bad for you!

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I've never seen those bags here.  I'm trying to avoid plastic anyway.  There has to be a better safer way to make ice.

 

It's not really for me, it's for guests when I have parties.  I keep purified seltzer water in the fridge for myself and I don't drink any other kinds of beverages.  But I'm caught without ice when someone comes over and I offer them a glass of something they almost always request ice.  Ice is not used much in Greece either, maybe one or two cubes comes in a glass of soda.  They think it's bad for your teeth or something.  Ice cream is served with a glass of room temperature water, which is a combination I can't resist.  I can't eat ice cream without it.

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post #4 of 13

KK: You can find inox ice cube trays like this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Onyx-Stainless-Steel-Cube-Tray/dp/B0027V9OR0

 

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post #5 of 13

You can't keep ice fresh.  Fresh ice is freshly made.  If it's kept, it's not fresh.  Even if it's kept frozen.  smile.gif

 

To the extent that you're going to keep ice at all, if you don't like plastic, use a stainless, glass or ceramic container, and cover it with cling wrap if the container doesn't have an air-tight lid.  Keeping it covered helps prevent the ice from absorbing freezer aromas, and those aromas are a big part of why ice stales.

 

If you decide to use a stainless (i.e., "inox") tray, cover it with cling wrap after filling but before freezing. 

 

You might want to look for an ice bucket which uses a stainless insert. Someone must make them.   

 

Given that you are very picky, don't need ice very often, but need a fair bit when you do, you might want to consider a portable ice maker.  They're small enough to store, get the first dozen cubes out in around 15 minutes, make 25# or so pounds a day, allow you to choose your cube size, and at about $100 are fairly affordable. 

 

If it's any consolation, I don't have one.

 

BDL

post #6 of 13
I have a portable ice maker, works great cost about $125. About the size of a bread machine.
Ice Is always fresh, as it melts, the water drips back into the water reservoir, recycling the melted ice. I only use distilled water @ about .70 gallon.
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Originally Posted by ordo View Post

KK: You can find inox ice cube trays like this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Onyx-Stainless-Steel-Cube-Tray/dp/B0027V9OR0

 

 

I have one actually.  My husband doesn't let me use it because he says it's valuable and a keepsake.  lookaround.gif

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I have one ice cube tray, plastic, which holds a exactly one 0.5 L water bottle.  This tray gives me enough ice for a typical day so I do one tray a day every day, any extras go into a plastic Ziploc bag as backup.  My wife calls it "my special ice" but honestly, our tap water is not the best.  The kids use the ice from the refrigerator ice maker because they don't know any better and  "it builds character".

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That pic of the old style metal one takes me back to the days before everything was plastic.  Ahh...memories.

 

I know the solution - buy a fridge with an icemaker!!tongue.gif

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I have one actually.  My husband doesn't let me use it because he says it's valuable and a keepsake. 

LOL

 

That just cracks me up for some reason.  

 

Tell him that if  you actually use it - it's value will go up as it will be a well used antique!

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post #11 of 13

WOW. 

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That pic of the old style metal one takes me back to the days before everything was plastic.  Ahh...memories.

 

I know the solution - buy a fridge with an icemaker!!tongue.gif

Oh man, you make me feel young again. Sounds like you were on first name basis with some dinosaurs back then wink.gif

post #13 of 13

for keeping food cold in carriers. 1 put carriers in freezer overnight  then use Gel Pax. Ice for drinks I get from ice machine.

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